The 2018 Waggoner Flotilla ends their journey at the Alaska Fish House in Ketchikan, Alaska.

2018 Waggoner Guide Flotilla, Part 2: Port McNeill to Ketchikan

The 2018 Waggoner Guide Flotilla to Alaska, which left in May and arrived in Ketchikan on May 31, was a big success. Eight boats made it safely to Ketchikan and we learned a lot along the way and are all better mariners as a result. They are now off exploring in Southeast Alaska and some…


B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society : How You Can Help

B.C. Marine Parks is a name you recognize and one that conjures up great memories and mental images. But, B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society is probably a name not as recognizable and should be. Through the work of the B.C. Marine Parks Forever Society, marine parks in British Columbia have been expanded and made more…

B.C. Marine Park installations for boaters.

Check the Year on Your Waggoner Cruising Guide

Seven experienced couples and individuals cruise waters of the inside passage looking for changes and updates for the next annual publication of the Waggoner Cruising Guide. These field correspondents are on-the-water-cruisers visiting marinas, anchorages, and passages described in the Waggoner Cruising Guide, recording the many things that change each year. Marinas, of course, are the…


Understanding Marine Diesel Engines, Sept. 7

Wooden Boat Festival – All Day Seminars Understanding Marine Diesel Engines by Nigel Calder September 7, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: Pope Building Tuition: $125 Register here. Understanding Marine Diesel Engines Understanding Marine Diesel Engines starts with a brief introduction on how a diesel engine works will be followed by a detailed…


Understanding Boat Electrical Systems, Sept. 6

Wooden Boat Festival – All Day Seminars Understanding Boat Electrical Systems by Nigel Calder September 6, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Location: Pope Building Tuition: $125 Register here. Understanding Boat Electrical Systems The Understanding Boat Electrical Systems course starts with a brief explanation of core electrical terms followed by key design criteria for both DC…


Understanding the Weather in the Pacific Northwest, Sept. 6

Waggoner Cruising Guide Seminar Understanding the Weather in the Pacific Northwest and How to Stay out of Trouble with Mark Bunzel at Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend September 6th, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. $45 Register here. Understanding Pacific Northwest Weather is one of the biggest challenges when cruising in this area. It can make…


Big Changes at Dent Island Lodge and Morgan’s Landing

There was a lot of curiosity when the word went out last fall that the main building at Dent Island Lodge was being torn down and a new building would be in place for the 2018 season. That quick, really? The old building came down September 15, 2017, and an entirely new building was built over…


New Boaters Have Discovered the Pacific Northwest

During the last couple of years, we have noticed a marked increase in the number of boaters cruising the Pacific Northwest, including new boaters who are experiencing the area for the first time. These new boaters include not only locals but those who live elsewhere. We have met boaters from Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Germany,…


Good News for Silva Bay Resort & Marina

Continuing the rounds for Waggoner Guide research, we entered Active Pass. The winds were blowing at 35 knots, and the pass was active with BC ferries transiting both directions. Reminding ourselves of the importance of leaving these “big boys” plenty of room, we hugged the shoreline along this very busy waterway. Two worthwhile stops are in…

A sailboat in Dogfish Bay.
Approaching the town of Casale Sul Sile in Italy.

The End of our Canal Cruise in Italy

Scheduled to return Magnifique 7 on June 27, we departed Venice, stopping at Burano to take on fuel. Our boat held 300 liters or approximately 80 gallons of fuel. The 40-horsepower diesel engine ran efficiently, but the fuel gauge never moved off of full; perhaps the gauge didn’t function properly. To be on the safe side, we…


The Wonders of Venice, Italy

After a lovely stay at Burano, we motored down the Venetian lagoon via Canale Giacomo and Canale delle Navi, arriving at the southeast end of Venice. We moored at modern Marina S. Ellena with the usual stern-tie procedure. To make things easier, marina staff use a skiff to push boats into position, a helpful aid in…

Touring Venice, Italy.